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Tottenham v Middlesbrough - Head-to-Head

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ledley King Gareth Southgate
Minutes on pitch 900 900
Goals 0 0
Blocks 15 18
Headed Clearances 52 78
Other Clearances 39 42
Interceptions 4 2
Tackles Won 22 11
Passing Accuracy % 77% 75%
Fouls 2 14
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 33/1 40/1
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Ledley King
Gareth Southgate

Two defenders pushing for a place in Sven Goran Eriksson's England plans come face to face on Saturday afternoon as Gareth Southgate returns to his native London with his Middlesbrough team-mates to take on in-form Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Boro have kept two consecutive shut-outs in their last two outings and Southgate was magnificent in the 2-0 win over north-east rivals Sunderland on Monday night as the 31-year-old gave a faultless display to deny the deadly duo of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn.

Unfortunately for Southgate he was involved in minor car accident after the game, but he should be fit enough to take his place alongside Ugo Ehiogu in the heart of the Boro rearguard.

The pair have made over 250 clearances between them already this season and they will make it difficult for Spurs to break them down. In this corresponding fixture last year, Boro did manage to frustrate the north Londoners with some quality defending to ensure the game ended scoreless.

And Southgate's arrival has only boosted the Teessiders defence, especially when you consider how much influence he has on the younger members of the team like Robbie Stockdale and Carlos Marinelli.

Another youngster on show on Saturday will be Tottenham defender Ledley King who recently celebrated his 21st birthday. After playing the majority of last season as a central midfielder pitting his wits against Paul Ince in the clash at White Hart Lane last season, he has successfully been converted into a fine central defender this time around.

King's 52 headed clearances is the most by a Spurs player in the Premiership and the way he helped snuff out the threat of Newcastle's Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy last weekend to help record the team's first clean sheet on their travels this season was highly impressive.

Such was his composure on the ball and general awareness of what was happening around him that King has been touted in some circles as earning a call-up to the senior England squad.

But for the mean time his partnership with Dean Richards continues to flourish and the more the pair gel, the quicker the Spurs fans can forget about Sol Campbell's defection to Arsenal.

However, King is not the finished article just yet, an example of this was when some rather indecisive defending let in Fabrizio Ravanelli to score for Derby recently. But he is well on the way to carving out a great career for himself under the progressive eye of Glenn Hoddle.

Ben Romaner